Daily fantasy baseball lineup: Start Anthony Rizzo, Michael Brantley
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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (vs. Giants) — Kershaw gets his final tune-up before the playoffs against the very team the Dodgers could see in the NLDS. Of course, they'd have to chase down the Nationals for the best record in the NL, which seems unlikely, but it's still within the realm of possibility. Expect Kershaw to bounce back after allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings to the Cubs in his last start.
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (vs. Cardinals, John Lackey) — Rizzo got three more hits on Tuesday, running his season slash line to .282/.380/.519. In his seven games since returning from a back strain, he is 9-for-25 with a homer, three doubles and three RBI. Wednesday is the Cubs' last home game of the year, and Rizzo is hitting .317/.412/.534 with 14 homers at Wrigley Field this season.
Michael Brantley, Indians (vs. Royals, Jason Vargas) — Brantley has been on an absolute tear of late, riding a 14-game hitting streak into Wednesday's action. He's 26-for-56 with two homers, five doubles and eight RBI during the streak. Brantley has struggled against Vargas during their respective careers, but it might not matter with the way he's swinging the bat.
Jake Arrieta, Cubs (vs. Cardinals) — Arrieta tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout in his last start, striking out 13 batters. He'll look to polish off his breakout season by helping to spoil the Cardinals' NL Central title chances.
Chris Sale, White Sox (@ Tigers) — Sale allowed three runs in seven innings and fanned 13 in his last start against the Tigers.
Jose Reyes, Blue Jays (vs. Mariners, Taijuan Walker) — Reyes has eight hits, including two doubles, and three steals in his last five games
Adrian Beltre, Rangers (vs. Astros, Scott Feldman) — The ageless Beltre went 3-for-4 on Tuesday and needs to rack up a few extra-base hits to notch his fifth straight season with a slugging percentage better than .500.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (@ Braves, Julio Teheran) — McCutchen is 6-for-11 with a homer, double, triple and six walks in his last five games.
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers (vs. Giants, Tim Hudson) — Puig has four hits, including a homer and a double, in eight career at-bats against Hudson.